When To Visit Washington, DC
FALL: Enjoy mild temps with less crowds, since families have put their kids back in school after the summer break.
SPRING: Arguably DC's most scenic season as the famous cherry blossoms start blooming.
SUMMER: It's hot, but most of the historic attractions have air conditioning. Outdoor concerts, festivals, parades and magnificent 4th of July celebrations are sure to entertain during your stay.
WINTER: Catch a glimpse of the White House Christmas Tree or enjoy the numerous holiday performances at DC's historic theaters.
Quick Bites: Lunch, Sweets & On-The-Go
5 Historical Attractions To Plan Ahead
- 1. The White House: tour requests can be submitted up to three months in advance
- 2. Washington Monument: use Viator to book exclusive VIP experiences of the monument & major memorials
- 3. US Bureau of Engraving and Printing: grab tickets at least a day in advance
- 4. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: free admission, plan ahead for a weekday visit to avoid crowds
- 5. National Gallery of Art: book through Viator and see up close the famous works of Rembrandt, Monet, Vermeer and the only American portrait by da Vinci
Great For Kids: 7 Museums & Day Trips
Georgetown: 8 Family Activities On The Water
- 1. Georgetown Waterfront Park: top-notch rowing, nature walks, gardens & cycling trails
- 2. Key Bridge Boathouse: canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, yoga & twilight tours
- 3. Washington Monuments Cruise: Potomac Riverboat Company shows you the Jefferson Memorial, John F. Kennedy Center & The Washington Monument
- 4. C&O Canal Towpath: explore the National Historic Park by boat or land
- 5. The Washington Harbour: entertainment on the boardwalk, scenic views & eateries
- 6. Georgetown Running Tour: join an energetic group run for some exercise
- 7. Big Wheel Bikes: premiere bike rentals for riding along the C&O Canal
- 8. Thompson Boat Center: rowing programs & lessons for all ages
Editors Picks: Dinner
Transportation: Getting Around DC
DC is extremely walkable. Stroll from neighborhood to neighborhood with ease if time allows, or jump on the Metro subway system (your charged depending on distance traveled) or the bus (fares from $1.75 to $4). Taxis, Uber & Lyft are aplenty, too.
After Dark: Dancing, DJs, Drinks & Theater
10 “Indie”pendent Experiences
- 1. Busboys and Poets: artsy U Street Corridor hangout
- 2. Red Onion Records & Books: buy, sell and trade vintage records and literary works
- 3. Hill’s Kitchen: independent gourmet kitchenware store in Capitol Hill
- 4. Kramerbooks & Afterwords: bookstore and cafe with lively atmosphere in Dupont Circle
- 5. Peregrine Espresso: award-winning coffee boutique in historic Capitol Hill
- 6. tabletop dc: funky home accessories, gifts, jewelry and apparel items in Dupont Circle
- 7. Politics and Prose: bookstore, coffeehouse, restaurant plays host to many author events
- 8. Filter Coffeehouse: espresso bar with hand-poured, single origin coffees from local beans
- 9. Salt & Sundry: vintage home goods store in Union Market with niche food & cocktail ingredients
- 10. Read Wall: American-made men’s suits & dress shirts in the U Street Corridor
Where To Stay In DC